Broncos' Wolfe injures ankle

Derek Wolfe left Saturday's practice early after suffering an ankle injury, but Head Coach Vance Joseph later said the injury did not initally appear "that bad".

Wolfe was clearly distraught as he was getting carted off the field. The team could also move second-round rookie DeMarcus Walker back to defensive end after the team shifted him to outside linebacker last week.

Wolfe seemed to confirm the diagnosis of a sprain Saturday afternoon when he tweeted a picture of his puffy right ankle with the phrase, "Just a little swelling". Wolfe recorded 5.5 sacks in 14 games past year and is a big part of the Broncos' pass-rush.

Wolfe still has to undergo and MRI, but a person close to the situation told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Wolfe simply suffered an ankle sprain and he is "very lucky". We need Derek Wolfe.

Wolfe appeared unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was helped by trainers from the cart into the team's facility. Defensive end Billy Winn suffered a season-ending knee injury in the win over the Bears as he tore his right ACL.

But after practice, Wolfe got some good news - unlike his teammate Shane Ray, who will likely miss the beginning of the regular season.

"Just from a leader standpoint, we're lucky that we've got [Domata Peko] in the room, Big Peck". Wolfe suggested he hadn't spoken up enough last season when the Broncos missed the playoffs a year after winning the Super Bowl.

Vanessa Coleman